The Milwaukee Bucks improved to 30-13 on the season following their 122-113 win over the Detroit Pistons on Monday night. On a night when Damian Lillard struggled from the floor, three-time All-Star Khris Middleton picked up the slack, pouring in 26 points on 9/14 shooting to go with two rebounds, two assists, and two steals. His 26 points moved him past Glenn Robinson for third on the Bucks’ all-time scoring list.
It was also a night that saw Giannis Antetokounmpo put up a ridiculous triple-double stat line of 31 points, 17 rebounds, and 10 assists. He also had three steals and two blocks. According to Statmuse, Giannis became just the second player in NBA history to have at least 31 points, 17 rebounds, 10 assists, three steals, and two blocks in a game. The first was Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for the Los Angeles Lakers against the Golden State Warriors back in 1976.
It was also Giannis’ fourth 31-17-10 triple-double since the beginning of the 2018 NBA season. During that time, the only player with more such games is Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic, who has five. Dallas Mavericks star Luca Doncic has three such games.
Giannis’ performance was also the 41st triple-double of his career. He sits at 13th all-time in NBA history in the category with former Nuggets All-Star Fat Lever in his sights at 12th (Lever finished his career with 43 triple-doubles).
Giannis Antetokounmpo Also Passes Former Milwaukee Bucks Head Coach Jason Kidd on the All-Time Scoring List
Giannis 31 points gave him a total of 17,558 for his career, moving him past his former coach, Jason Kidd, for 89th on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. Next up on the list is former NBA All-Star Otis Thorpe, who finished his career with an even 17,600 points.
Giannis is just one of 11 active players with at least 17,000 career points. Teammate Damian Lillard currently sits at 49th all-time with 20,387 points. He is 21 points away from pass Joe Johnson for 48th.
Giannis Antetokounmpo Is on Pace to Do Something No Other NBA Players Has Ever Accomplished
So far this season, Giannis is averaging 31.2 points, 11.5 rebounds, and 6.1 assists per game while shooting 60% from the field. The list of players to put up at least 31 points, 11.5 rebounds, and six assists per game in a season is a small one:
If Giannis continues at this pace, he will be the first player in NBA history to put up numbers like that. Astonishingly, he could be joined by Philadelphia 76ers star Joel Embiid, who is averaging 36.1 points, 11.7 rebounds, and 5.9 assists per game this year.